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more than listening…

i recently heard an interview with the poet Kathleen Jamie in which she spoke about quietening the ego’s need to be heard, in order to listen carefully, profoundly, to the world around us.

her words reminded me of this Taoist poem which in turn, reminds me of the yogic principle of quietening the senses – a necessary precedent to a peaceful, holding still, of the mind.

Close your eyes and you will see clearly
Cease to listen and you will hear truth
Be silent and your heart will sing
Seek no contacts and you will find union
Be still and you will move forward on the tide of the spirit.
Be gentle and you will need no strength
Be patient and you will achieve all things
Be humble and you will remain entire.

Taoist Poem